Alfonso E. Acosta, 82, of Moline, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his residence. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family. Alfonso was born May 12, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Pablo and Maria J. Espinosa Acosta. He married Maria Elena Herrera in 1955 in Mexico. Alfonso worked at Quad City Die Casting as a molding die caster for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Moline, and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Church, Rock Island. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughters, Gabriela Acosta, Warrenville, Ill., Susana Acosta, Moline, and Gina (Mike) Lieferman, Blue Grass; sons, Javier Acosta, Fontana, Calif., Ernesto Acosta, Marysville, Wash., Miguel (Sandra) Acosta, Anaheim, Calif., and Louis (Paula) Acosta, Davenport; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Juan Acosta, Mexico City, Mexico. Online condolences can be sent to the family at deroofuneralhome.com.
Today is Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.